‘Best smelling books’: Amid pandemic, community pays heartfelt tribute to UC Berkeley Library

The UC Berkeley Library, above all else, is about people.

Before the world turned upside down, thousands of visitors flocked to the Library each day — researchers at Bancroft with an appetite for discovery, students at Moffitt who worked (and, yes, napped) into the wee hours, and community members who roamed the halls of Doe, drawn in by the exhibits and events.

This holiday season, we reflect on the year gone by. We think of the people who were winding through our stacks or were knee-deep in research last year but are now missing the Library’s physical spaces, their shelter from the storm.

Music: University Librarian Jeff MacKie-Mason plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s C minor fugue.

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